Encouraging equal opportunities for women in defense and peacebuilding

Defence ministers participating at the 10th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Plus in Jakarta on November 16 issued a Joint Statement on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).
Hội nghị Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng ASEAN mở rộng (ADMM+) lần thứ 10 đã thông qua Tuyên bố chung về phụ nữ, hòa bình và an ninh, ngày 16/11/2023. (Nguồn: Reuters)

Ministers and members of the delegates attend the 10th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 16, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)

The 10th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus adopted the ADMM-Plus Joint Statement on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) which reaffirms the ADMM-Plus' commitment to fully implement the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on WPS as well as advance the WPS agenda within the respective work plans of the ADMM-Plus Experts' Working Groups starting with the 2024 to 2027 cycle.

The ministers committed to promoting the full, equal and meaningful participation and leadership of women in all areas of peace and security, especially in the prevention, management and resolution of armed conflict, as well as post-conflict peace building and reconstruction towards a stable, peaceful and safe region.

The ministers recommended greater contributions of women in decision-making processes, and encouraged equal opportunities for women in defense and peacebuilding.

They supported the use of United Nations training modules to enhance the capacity and expertise of women in engaging in the policy-making process as well as the prevention, management and settlement of armed conflicts, and the post-conflict building and rebuilding.

They also vowed to strengthen regional frameworks regarding the implementation of the WPS agenda, aiming to strengthen the protection of, respect for, and promotion of women’s rights amid ongoing and emerging security threats and challenges.

In addition, they pledged to promote capacity building for women and their participation and leadership as policy makers in all decision-making processes at all levels through relevant processes and mechanisms in ADMM Plus or cooperation among ADMM Plus member countries.

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